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Students in Penn State’s Kinesiology graduate program have a truly unique opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers and faculty members in an active research environment.

As a graduate student, you’ll gain firsthand experience in conducting groundbreaking research, working with participants, collecting data, conducting data analyses, publishing papers, and presenting your findings at academic conferences.

In addition to opportunities available through the department’s Biomechanics Lab and Noll Lab, substantial interdisciplinary collaborations extend research projects across the University Park and Hershey Medical Center campuses that incorporate the departments of Biobehavioral Health, Bioengineering, Biology, Human Development and Family Studies, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Nutritional Sciences, Psychology, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and the College of Medicine. In fact, many Kinesiology faculty members hold joint appointments with these departments.

In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Kinesiology, the research possibilities here are extensive and diverse, spanning the physical, life, behavioral, and social sciences, together with the humanities as they relate to human movement and physical activity.